fusillade

noun
fu·​sil·​lade | \ ˈfyü-sə-ˌläd How to pronounce fusillade (audio) , -ˌlād, ˌfyü-sə-ˈläd, -ˈlād, -zə- \

Definition of fusillade

1a : a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid succession
b : something that gives the effect of a fusillade a fusillade of rocks and bottles
2 : a spirited outburst especially of criticism

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Examples of fusillade in a Sentence

A fusillade of bullets filled the courtyard. responded calmly to the fusillade of criticism leveled at his design for the memorial
Recent Examples on the Web All four Georgia candidates ended the two-month reporting period with plenty of cash on hand — ranging from $16 million for Perdue to $23 million for Warnock — guaranteeing a fusillade of spending in the final days before the election ends Jan. 5. Los Angeles Times, "Record cash pours into Georgia Senate races, with a large chunk from California," 25 Dec. 2020 DeVos, a longtime champion of school choice and critic of traditional public-school systems, was greeted by an unrelenting fusillade of criticism from the very beginning. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, "Betsy DeVos Speaks Out on Four Years of ‘Truly Disheartening’ Attacks," 17 Dec. 2020 Struck down by the fusillade of bullets and having done his utmost against the enemy, in his final living moments, Comdr. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "On Pearl Harbor Day, meet Louisiana's World War II recipients of Medal of Honor," 7 Dec. 2020 There will probably be a last-minute fusillade of pardons for friends, family members, allies, and perhaps even himself. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Has an American President Ever Been Worse at Politics?," 28 Dec. 2020 Struck down by the fusillade of bullets and having done his utmost against the enemy, in his final living moments, Comdr. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "On Pearl Harbor Day, meet Louisiana's World War II recipients of Medal of Honor," 7 Dec. 2020 Although Vue's relatives have argued that police could have done more to try to de-escalate the confrontation before unleashing a fusillade of bullets at the house, prosecutors determined that the officers were within the bounds of the law. Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, "Prosecutors: No charges against officers in Chiasher Vueshooting in north Minneapolis," 21 Dec. 2020 Struck down by the fusillade of bullets and having done his utmost against the enemy, in his final living moments, Comdr. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "On Pearl Harbor Day, meet Louisiana's World War II recipients of Medal of Honor," 7 Dec. 2020 Struck down by the fusillade of bullets and having done his utmost against the enemy, in his final living moments, Comdr. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "On Pearl Harbor Day, meet Louisiana's World War II recipients of Medal of Honor," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of fusillade

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fusillade

borrowed from French, from fusiller "to shoot with a musket volley" (from fusil fusil entry 2 + -iller, causative prefix, going back to Latin -iculāre, derivative of -iculum, instrumental and diminutive suffix) + -ade -ade

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“Fusillade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fusillade. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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fusillade

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English Language Learners Definition of fusillade

: a large number of shots that are fired very quickly

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